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Mourns the Falling Asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago
On behalf of the entire membership of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, we mourn the falling asleep in the Lord of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, a great pillar of the Church in America.
The first to hold the position of Metropolitan of Chicago in the Greek Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Iakovos died June 2, 2017 at age 89, following a short illness. During his tenure, Metropolitan Iakovos expanded the church’s philanthropic efforts and social justice initiatives, including assisting the homeless and hungry.
Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos President, Pam Argyris, spoke about the Metropolitan’s significant impact on Philoptochos: "Metropolitan Iakovos was the beloved spiritual shepherd and advisor to the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos. He was a strong proponent of all of our Philoptochos activities and considered Philoptochos to be the right arm of the Church in Chicago. He provided wise counsel, always encouraging us to do more. Through his guidance, several outreach programs, including our Philanthropy Fund and Feed the Hungry program, were initiated and continue to thrive. Metropolitan Iakovos was a guiding force in all that we did and his legacy will live on in the Metropolis of Chicago. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.”
Upon hearing of the Metropolitan’s falling asleep in the Lord, National President Maria Logus stated, “We are happy and grateful for the precious time we spent with His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos at our recent National Board meetings in Chicago. We pray for the eternal repose of his soul.”
Archbishop Demetrios of America presided at the funeral service for Metropolitan Iakovos, Fri. June 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Chicago. The Divine Liturgy preceded the funeral. The previous evening Thursday, June 8, the Archbishop chanted a Trisagion service in the Cathedral.
In October 2016, East Burton Place, facing the Metropolis of Chicago's home and offices, was given the honorary street designation "Metropolitan Iakovos Way." .
Metropolitan Iakovos helped Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Board members Feed the Hungry
Philoptochos Supports St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
National Philoptochos President Maria Logus presenting to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios a check for $200,000 for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, with two Committee Tri-Chairs, Jennifer Constantin and Arlene Siavelis Kehl. (Not pictured, Anastasia Michals.)
Powerpoint Presentation from March 2017:
World Hunger Day is a prominent event on the calendar of the Philoptochos Society and chapters across the country marked the May 28 national day of awareness by offering meals to the homeless and hungry. In church halls, in soup kitchens and on city streets, Philoptochos stewards across the nation were ministering to the less fortunate. Salt Lake City, UT; Elkins Park, PA; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; Euless, TX and New Rochelle, NY, represent just a small fraction of the cities and towns with Philoptochos chapters that participate in an effort to feed those in need. Some initiatives are parish-wide and include families and friends. Read more and see photos in the May 24, 2017 article in the Pappas Post.
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DO MORE DOING from Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Watch this video that features Philoptochos women as role models for hands-on philanthropy.
National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments
The National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments are the heart and soul of Philoptochos. All chapters are urged to continue their generous support for these vital national ministries.
The Commitments for May/June are as follows:
75th Anniversary Founders Fund
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
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